Dennis Gates lands first commitment of Missouri tenure
Dennis Gates hit the ground running in recruiting, and has already landed the first commitment of his short time at Missouri.
Mohamed Diarra, a 6-foot-10, 215-pound center from Paris, France by way of Garden City C.C. He had a reported 3 offers, but is not yet rated by the 247Sports Composite. He reportedly had Diarra held interest from several high major programs including Pittsburgh, Marquette, Maryland and West Virginia.
Last season, Diarra averaged 8.4 points in 20 games with 10.2 rebounds per game. He also shot 30.9 percent from 3-point range.
Diarra shared his thought process with 247Sports.
“I look forward to playing for Coach Gates,” Diarra said. “His offensive and defensive systems fit me perfectly. Coach Gates also has recruited, developed and coached some versatile players who are now in the NBA. I trust that Coach Gates and Missouri will continue to get me better both on and off the court in the same way I develop during my time at Garden City Community College under my coaches. Missouri has a basketball tradition as well as some great fans and I want to be part of it.”
93100% COMMITTED !!! 🧘🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/wmjz8dIDQP
— 93%💙 (@Rvtpi2) March 25, 2022
As a freshman, Diarra averaged 8.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per game while blocking 35 shots. All of those numbers increased in Diarra’s sophomore season, Power Mizzou reported. He averaged 17.8 points and 12.6 rebounds playing 30 minutes a game for the Broncbusters. Diarra blocked 71 shots this season. He shot 45 percent from the floor, 30 percent from 3-point range and 71 percent from the free throw line.